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11/10/2000
TORRANCE, Calif. - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. reported October vehicle sales of 123,920, down 5.7 percent from last year's record-setting October. Calendar-year-to-date (CYTD) sales total 1,359,200, an increase of 126,209 units, or 9.8 percent compared to the same period last year.
"The economy's smooth transition from express train to commuter train will continue to keep consumer confidence positive and industry sales strong," said Jim Press, TMS executive vice president. "Even though the growth rate may moderate, industry sales will be strong and sustainable well into next year."

The Lexus Division posted best-ever October sales with 17,543 units, an increase of 9.6 percent over the same period last year. The record sales were fueled by the launch of the all-new LS 430 luxury sedan with sales of 2,732, an increase of 105.0 percent. The IS 300 sport sedan continued its strong sales pace with 2,074 units sold. Toyota Division passenger car sales were led by the ECHO subcompact sedan with best-ever October sales of 3,425, up 23.8 percent. The all-new Prius gas/electric hybrid sedan recorded impressive sales of 829 units.

Toyota Division light truck sales were led by the all-new RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle, which posted its all-time best-ever sales month with 7,637 units sold, an increase of 76.3 percent. The popular Tundra full-size pickup recorded its best ever October with 7,837 sales, up 18.9 percent over the same period last year. Sales of North American-built vehicles made up 61.1 percent of total October sales.
 

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Clam I have no idea what that post means other than you are trying to say that Lexus must not be doing too good since there are 7 IS300s still available. But that is an article, sorry I didn't really make that clear. If you wanna dispute the numbers or statements in that article then you gotta take it up with Overboost.
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2074 IS300s in a month is good, that's exactly on target for 25,000 per year. The price is dropping, but Lexus never expected to sell 25,000/year at sticker price. Sales will probably be slow for the next 3-4 months though, a RWD car in winter, so at this rate Lexus may not make the 25,000 car target. My guess is a manual transmission will sell a few thousand (2000) cars per year extra when it comes out.
 

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if Lexus is well on its way to sell 25000 IS300s this year, then that would mean they are doing excellent since they originally planned to sell only 9000 units this year, right? what was the avg number of units sold a month so far? anyone keeping check?
 

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Originally posted by DonCorleone:
if Lexus is well on its way to sell 25000 IS300s this year, then that would mean they are doing excellent since they originally planned to sell only 9000 units this year, right? what was the avg number of units sold a month so far? anyone keeping check?
Doncorleone - you can find sales stats at this site: http://www.ai-online.com
Click on Industry Stats.
 

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Checking the figures at ai-online.com, Lexus has to be pretty happy about the debut of the IS300.
June - October they sold 11,443 IS300s, which averages to 2288 a month! That projects to 27,400+ a year.
Lexus said they'd hoped to sell 9000 IS300s in 2000. With two months to go, they've exceeded that goal already. And if the pace keeps up, their hopes of selling 25,000 units in 12 months looks do-able!
It's a success - and the 5-speed manual can only help bring in even more potential buyers.
 
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